Obama finds a mate

Senator Barack Obama has all but settled on his choice for his running mate. In effort to keep the decision from leaking, reportedly only six of Obama’s advisers were involved in the final discussions.

Going into the final days, Obama was said to be focused mainly on three candidates: Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana, Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia and Senator Joseph Biden Jr. of Delaware.

Some Democrats said they still hoped that he would choose Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, or Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, who has been under steady consideration by Obama's campaign.

By all indications, Obama is likely to choose someone relatively safe and avoid taking a chance with a game-changing selection.

If all goes according to plan, the announcement will be made with text and e-mail messages to supporters early Wednesday morning, in time to capture coverage on the morning news shows and take advantage of a full day's news cycle. Obama's advisers said they wanted to time the announcement to get maximum publicity going into the convention.

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